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Introduce Your Family to the Fun of Fishing at LDWF’s Family Fish Fest in Lake Charles

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Introduce Your Family to the Fun of Fishing at LDWF’s Family Fish Fest in Lake Charles

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) invites you to join us at our next installment of our Family Fish Fest series on Saturday, April 29 at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles, La. Everyone is encouraged to attend for a day of fun, fishing, educational activities and the chance to win great prizes.
 
Competitive divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages16 and older). There are competitive categories for both shore and boat anglers. All participants must supply their own fishing equipment and bait.  
 
Little Caesars will provide lunch while supplies last. In addition, each registered participant will automatically be entered for the chance to win great raffle prizes. Pre-registration and event information are available online at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/family-fish-fest. The first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goody bag.
   
This event is made possible by local sponsors including Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Little Caesars, Coca Cola, Press Start, L’Auberge, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Club Tabby, Putt Putt Lake Charles, Petro Bowl, Cinemark, Once Upon a Child, Elliott’s Cajun Snowball, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Texas Coffee Co., Rotolo’s, Lake Charles Children’s Museum, Creole Nature Trail and the Adventure Center.
 
Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
 
LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 

LDWF Hunter Education Recognizes Outstanding Volunteer Efforts During 2017 Instructor Workshop

Release Date: 04/07/2017

Todd Roberts award: (left to right) Eric Shanks, Phillip Manuel, Daniel Hurdle, Wayne Higginbotham
Individual Instructor Award: (left to right) Eric Shanks, Nicholas Hock, Chad Moore
Team award pictured from left to right: Eric Shanks, Danny Wallace, Louis Robinson, Joe Walters, and Karen Edwards (staff)

April 7, 2017 – Nicholas Hock, Phillip Manuel and the team of Louis Robinson, Danny Wallace and Joe Walters were among those honored during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) 2017 Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Workshop held in February at Camp Grant Walker near Pollock.
 
Hock, who instructs in Caddo and Bossier parishes, was recognized as an outstanding individual instructor, and Robinson, Wallace and Walters, were recognized for their team efforts in Franklin Parish.  Manuel was the recipient of the Todd Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Manuel has been a volunteer LDWF Hunter Education instructor for more than 15 years.  He partners with local fire departments, churches, Lions Clubs and LDWF to teach hunter education courses in four parishes.  He introduces students to LDWF’s Wildlife Management Area’s (WMA’s) through teaching courses at Sherburne WMA, encouraging use of our WMAs and will take new hunters small game hunting on multiple WMAs.  In his free time, Manuel is an avid squirrel and bird hunter, dog trainer and field trial judge.
 
Years of service awards were also given to qualifying instructors with more than five years as an active instructor in recognition of their dedication to the Louisiana Hunter Education Program.
 
Approximately 15,000 students annually are certified in the LDWF Hunter Education Program through more than 500 courses taught statewide. Volunteers trained to teach hunter education are crucial to the success of this program. The goal of Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program is to reduce hunting incidents by producing safe and responsible hunters.
Volunteer hunter education instructors were also provided an in service training session with updates on LDWF wildlife management activities, hunting incidents and issues affecting hunting and hunter education during the workshop. 
 
For more information about Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program, visit www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/hunter-education.                       
 

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LWFC Approves Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and WMA Rules for 2017-18

Release Date: 04/07/2017

April 7, 2017 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved the 2017-19 hunting season dates and 2017-18 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting rules and regulations at its April meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.
 
The season dates approved include the 2018 turkey season and associated rules and regulations along with the 2017-18 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations.
 
The notices of intent presented in January by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons were approved with amendments made subsequently in March.
 
The commission voted to approve two amendments to the Notice of Intent. The amendments read, in part:
 
·              Deer Area 8  - Change that portion in Allen Parish east of Louisiana Highway 113 from the parish line to U.S. Highway 190, north of U.S. Highway 190 eastward to Kinder, west of U.S. Highway 165 northward to Louisiana Highway 10 at Oakdale and south of Louisiana Highway 10 from Oakdale westward to parish line, and in Beauregard Parish that portion east of Louisiana Highway 113, and in Vernon Parish that portion east of Louisiana Highway 113 from the parish line northward to Pitkin and south of Louisiana Highway 10 from Pitkin southward to the parish line; to become a portion of Deer Area 3, with the same seasons as Deer Area 3, Except to include allowing hunting with or without dogs during the last segment of the Firearms Deer Season (Dec. 3, 2017-Jan. 8, 2018) within this new portion of Deer Area 3.
 
·              To expand the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Limited Access Areas on the Main Delta and Wax Delta approximately 25 percent. Access would be allowed within the active passes within those areas but once out of the passes, it reverts to limited access.
Changes from previous hunting seasons in the approved NOIs include but are not limited to:

·         Change in deer seasons in Deer Areas 4 and 10, eliminating bucks-only days, and changing the entire season to either-sex harvest. Also changing season limits in these areas from a limit of six (not to exceed three antlered or four antlerless), to a limit of three (not to exceed two antlered or two antlerless).
 
·         Change in deer seasons for Deer Area 7, eliminating bucks-only days, and changing the entire season to either-sex harvest while still maintaining the six deer season limit.
 
·         Modification to water level benchmark closure language to facilitate reopening the season at a lower level than the closure level in Deer Area 5.
 
·         Adding water level benchmark closure and reopening language for certain roads on Dewey Wills WMA.
 
·         Change in reporting time period for the validation of deer and turkey tags from seven days to 72 hours following harvest of deer or turkey.
 
·         Implementation of shot restrictions for dove hunters on WMAs and on LDWF leased dove fields, restricting shot to non-toxic shot, size 6 and smaller.
 
·         Removal of restrictions on weapons that can be carried by deer hunters for personal protection during primitive seasons on private lands. Hunters must still abide by primitive weapon rules as previously defined in Louisiana hunting regulations.
 
·         Addition of Small Game Emphasis Area to Pomme de Terre WMA.
 
·         Addition of available days of opportunity within the Small Game Emphasis Areas on Richard K. Yancey and Sherburne WMAs.
 
·         Addition of youth squirrel season on Pomme de Terre and Grassy Lake WMAs, to be held the fourth Saturday of September for two days.
 
·         Elimination of live transport permits for feral hogs during February hog dog seasons on WMAs.
 
·         Modification of opening day of statewide turkey season from the last Saturday of March to the first Saturday of April.
 
·         Modification of teal season to change from the last three weekends in September to the last 16 days of September.
 
·         Change in daily bag limit for pintail from two to one.
 
·         Change in youth age requirements for youth waterfowl seasons, from 15 years of age and younger to 17 years of age and younger.
 
·         Elimination of Experimental Quality Deer seasons on WMAs.
 
·         Adjustments to deer seasons on Bodcau, Bayou Macon, Boeuf and Dewey W. Wills WMAs.
 
·         Addition of opportunity for youth deer and squirrel hunting on Kisatchie National Forest.
 
To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

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LDWF Soliciting Red Snapper Public Comment

Release Date: 04/07/2017

 

As the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries continue to work towards a resolution regarding the management of red snapper, the LWFC invited representatives from the Louisiana commercial, charter and private sectors to their monthly meeting to provide input. Two representatives from each sector expressed their respective group’s concerns and comments on the topic.

The department urges Louisiana red snapper fishermen to voice their opinions and will continue to accept public comments on red snapper management via their website and email. Individuals interested in submitting a comment can visit the department’s homepage and navigate to the 'red snapper management' button, click here or email redsnapper@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday April 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.         Roll Call and Introduction of New Task Force Members and Guests

II.        Approval of February 7, 2017 Minutes and April 11, 2017 Agenda

III.       Financial Report

A.     Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

         IV.         Old Business

A.  Update on the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program- Jeff Marx

B.         Update on the Joint Task Force Working Group Meeting- Warren Delacroix

V.         New Business

A.     Discussion of Crab Trap Clean Up Boat Registration-Paul Alfonso

B.     Discussion of Task Force Name Tags/ Email Addresses-Paul Alfonso

C.     Discussion of  Crab Marketing Opportunites- Thomas Hymel

D.     Discussion of Imported Crab Tariffs- Eric Blanchard

E.     Officer Elections

VI.         Public Comment

VII.         Set Next Meeting

VIII.         Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6999010917597021697

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet April 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and Introduction of Guests

II.             Approval of the February 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes and April 12, 2017 Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

B.     Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the report “Building Land in Coastal Louisiana - Expert Recommendations for Operating a Successful Sediment Diversion that Balances Ecosystem and Community Needs”- Corey Miller

B.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

C.     Discussion of the White Shrimp “100 Count Law”- Jeff Marx

D.     Update on the Inside/ Outside Shrimp Line- Jeff Marx

E.     Discussion of Shrimp Pre-season Ride-Alongs- Jeff Marx

F.     Discussion of Shrimp Management and Increasing the Value of Domestic Shrimp- Lance Nacio

G.     Update from the 2017 Shrimp Industry Washington Trip- Acy Cooper

H.    Officer Elections

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

VII.          Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8779884403550075137

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive  email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

     

Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association 2017 Convention to be Held Saturday in Woodworth

Release Date: 04/05/2017

April 5, 2017 - The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association’s 2017 convention will be held Saturday (April 8) at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Outdoor Education Facility in Woodworth.
 
The convention begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Anyone interested in trapping or alligator hunting is invited to attend.
 
Demonstrations in skinning and trapping will be held along with silent and live auctions and activities for children, including a fun jump.
 
To get to the LDWF Outdoor Education Facility, located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth, take exit 73 from I-49 and proceed west on Robinson Bridge Road approximately two miles.
 
For more information, contact Ryan Schaefer at 337-417-0424 or ryansschaefer@gmail.com.
 
Here is the schedule of events for the convention:
 
8 a.m.: Meet and greet
8:30 a.m.: Skinning demo Ryan Schafer, Sterlen Kirschman
9 a.m.: Water trapping demo, Steve Hughes
9:45 a.m.: Beaver skinning demo Eric Cottrell
10:15 a.m.: Gray fox trapping, Tony Howard
11 a.m.: Trap setting contest
Noon: Lunch (available on premises)
12:30 p.m.: General meeting and vote for board members
1 p.m.: Board meeting and seating of officers
1 p.m.: Youth speed race
2 p.m.: Silent auction ends
2:30 p.m.: Live auction begins
4 p.m.: NAFA truck pick-up and clean up

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April 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Committee Agenda

Release Date: 04/03/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     Call to Order
 
2.     Pledge of Allegiance
 
3.     Roll Call
 
4.     Adoption of March 02, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6.     Enforcement Reports March, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena
 
7.     Presentation of the 2016 Louisiana Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to Sergeant Scott Bullit – Mr. Chris Kinsey, Shikar Safari Club International
 
8.     Receive Legislative Update – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
9.     Consider a Notice of Intent to Amend the Experimental Fisheries Program – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
10.  Receive a Presentation on Local Game and Fish Preserves Governance and Authority – Daniel Henry, Jr., Deputy General Counsel
 
11.  Receive a Final Summary on Public Comments and Consider Formal Adoption of Amendments to previously approved Notice of Intent for the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
12.  Consider Formal Adoption to previously approved Notice of Intent to Amend the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
13.  Receive a Presentation on the LDWF Shrimp Management Program and Discuss the possibility of a Special Commission meeting in late April for the setting of the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season – Jeff Marx, Biologist and Shrimp Program Manage
 
14.  Receive input on Red Snapper Management from members of the Louisiana commercial, charter, and private recreational sectors
 
15.  Set July, 2017 and August, 2017 Commission Meeting Dates
 
16.  Receive Public Comments
 
17.  Adjournment
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8069688952446445314

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF to Offer Expanded Licensing Services in South Louisiana

Release Date: 03/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals and motorboat registrations from our Bourg location.

Bourg Office
468 Texas Gulf Rd.
Bourg, La.
April 11-13, 2017
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Future locations coming soon.

Fishermen are reminded that only personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash will be accepted at the Bourg office.  No credit cards will be accepted.  To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them. 

First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person.  Renewals can be completed online at www.wlf.la.gov .  When applying in person you must provide the following:

·      Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license the he has held continuously during 12 months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.

·      Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax     

·      Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 03/28/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who: LDWF inland fisheries staff
 
What: Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
             Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
             9961 Hwy. 80
             Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

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